Thursday, 24 July 2014

Second hello from Oxford!

Hey you.
I'm glad we met during the conference.
Even if we don't end up together.
Even if we won't ever see each other again.
We'll keep these three days of the 2014 Oxford summer in our hearts and minds.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Hello from Oxford!

Yes, here's hoping this isn't going to be my only entry from Oxford, England. I'm currently staying at Mansfield College, which is under Oxford University, to attend a seminar called "Celebrity: Exploring Critical Issues." The seminar runs from July 21 to July 23, and it explores the celebrity realm from many angles. I had the liberty to write a paper on the possibility of Kim Myungsoo's 2013 dating scandals being a publicity stunt to sell products (a much longer version of this entry, really), said paper got selected and will be presented on the last day of the conference in its "Fan(t)asia" section. Also presented in the "Fan(t)asia" section are papers by Renata Iwicka called "There Will Be Blood: A Darker Side of K-pop Fandom" and "Parodic Participation as Consumption of Celebrity Products: The Case of Gangnam Style" by Mingyi Hou.

My paper, titled "The Use of Publicity Stunts in Korean Pop." Feel free to read it and don't forget to give me feedback!